FINAL post of our 9-day-marathon-vacation!

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I thought I’d finally completed documenting Florida vacation photos with those mountain vistas. Wrong! How could I have forgotten the Lego store?

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What an experience! Our children were delighted to encounter Lego bricks as far as the eye could see! Christian and Rebecca each filled a cup with assorted Legos of their choice. I’d much rather they spend souvenir money on Legos than some ridiculous Mickey Mouse ears!

4.12.10

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After we arrived home, Christian built this creation using only his cupful of bricks from Orlando.

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In this post, I’d also like to address a hilarious misconception illuminated by my dear bloggy friend, Kristine. On one of my multitudinous vacation blogposts, Kristine left the following comment:

Don’t you love taking pics at the beach?! My goodness, it seems like you’ve been on vacation for six weeks!!!!

I’m copying my reply here to ensure its proper visibility:

LOL–we were only gone for 9 days in April: 2 days driving down, 5 days of Florida warmth, 2 days back.

My belated, over-procrastinated postings just create the illusion of a lengthy vacation:) This way I can re-live the vacation for the longest time possible!

I’ve reached the end of my vacation pics, so I must now resign myself to normal life.

So, Kristine (& all bloggy readers), please rest assured that we are not independently-wealthy, long-term vacationers. This trip was our once-in-a-lifetime-9-day-marathon-splurge:) I have no clue how we fit all those activities into that relatively short time span. No wonder we were tired when we finished our vacation!

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Take the ducks with you!

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On windy St. Augustine Beach we said good-bye to Florida.

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Rebecca nearly wore herself out attempting to fill her moat.  Sand absorbed saltwater in swift fashion.

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She resigned herself to building, nevertheless.

Note our fancy sandpails—plastic restaurant cups.  Although both children had asked to bring real sandpails, there was simply no room left in our itty-bitty red car.

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Reluctantly, we dragged our sandals from the beach.

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These ducks swarmed Rebecca as Daddy conducted his precise trunk-repacking procedures.  The inn owner walked by and instructed us to “take the ducks with you!”

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Perhaps the ducks persist because of pretzel-tossing folk such as this?

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its waves roar

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For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea and its waves roar (the LORD of hosts is His name).

Isaiah 51:15

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Framed by the balcony, our proximity to the Atlantic is apparent.  La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites was pleasant, clean, and reasonably priced during the off-season.  We stayed in an Ocean View Room with 2 Queens.  Highly recommended.

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This building to the north of our room is the hotel owners’ residence.  That pink building beyond is the Beachfront Bed & Breakfast where Terry and I stayed 2 years ago.  Both properties are owned by the same family.

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A palm-lined walk to the beach.

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Pictured above is our 2nd-floor balcony.  Through that screen door we could hear the Lord’s roaring waves!

4.15.10